WKU students, faculty earn awards, recognition
|Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013||Return|
Here’s a listing of recent awards and recognitions for WKU students and faculty from several departments.
Ogden College: WKU science graduate awarded NSF Fellowship
Shelby Rader of Irvine, a 2012 graduate of the Honors College at WKU who majored in Geography & Geology and Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive award provides three years of financial support (including salary, travel and research funding) for graduate study while Rader pursues a science doctorate at the University of Arizona. The NSF-GRF is intended to challenge those scientists who will become future international leaders in their field, by providing the opportunity to explore cutting-edge areas of transformative science. The inclusion of three WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering alumni in the award list (Shelby Rader, along with Schuyler Wolff, Physics and Astronomy; and Amanda Smelser, Biochemistry) pays tribute to WKU’s ongoing mission of educating and training the highest quality students in the nation.
Contact: Dr. David Keeling, (270) 745-4555.
Biology: Graduate student receives Gisela Mosig travel award
WKU biology graduate student Amanda Seaton was awarded the Gisela Mosig travel award to attend the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver on May 18-21. The grant is awarded to the graduate student who submits the best-qualified abstract. Seaton works in Dr. Rodney King’s laboratory where she is defining the requirements for early gene expression in a newly discovered bacteriophage called HK639. The Mosig award honors the memory of Gisela Mosig (1930-2003), a pioneer in the field of phage T4 genetics, and is sponsored by New England Biolabs, a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research.
Contact: Dr. Rodney King, (270) 745-6910
Biology: WKU Microbiology Club receives grant
The WKU Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology recently received a $300 grant from the Kentucky-Tennessee branch of the American Society for Microbiology to support chapter activities. The chapter’s mission to promote student interest and enhance microbiology education at WKU, to further theoretical and practical knowledge of microbiology related research, to provide educational outreach programs to the community, and to promote student participation in local, state and national ASM meetings.
The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU hosted its 34th annual Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) from June 25 to July 15.
WKU has surpassed its previous record of private support in a fiscal year with a new high of $36.3 million gifted in 2016-17.
The WKU Alumni Association recently thanked nine volunteers who are retiring from the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors after their term of office.
Get ready for the end of summer WKU PBS Pool Party being held at the Russell Sims Aquatic Park on Sunday, Aug. 6, from noon to 5 p.m.
The WKU Alumni Association recently elected 11 new board members for 2017-2018.
WKU alumni and friends will celebrate "There’s No Place Like Home" for Homecoming 2017.
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